Phil Reid

Phil Reid

Let’s say it’s 7:25 pm and you’re going home after an unusually hard day.
You are really tired, upset and frustrated.
Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest, that starts to drag down into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about 5 km from the hospital nearest your home.
Unfortunately, you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it.
You been trained in CPR but the person who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
How do you survive a heart attack when alone? Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, the person whose heart is beating improperly, and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left, before losing consciousness. First dial 000.
However, in the meantime, one school of thought is, you can help yourself by coughing repeatedly, and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged. A deep breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds, without
letting up, until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
The reasoning is that deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs, and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. This squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way heart attack victims can get to a hospital, or help themselves until help arrives.
Remember always ring 000 first.
If you have any heart health concerns, see your doctor, get a referral and make an appointment with a cardiologist.
They are the experts in heart care.

Part of the course involves the “4 Steps to Life” program, which shows you what to do when a person enters cardiac arrest.
1. One call 000 for ambulance
2. Open a person’s airways
3. Pump their chest
4. Breathe mouth to mouth
+ Automated External Defribrillator (A Lee D)
The earlier these four steps are performed the greater the chance of a person’s survival.
heart attack what to do

A local boy, Daniel William Bull, is an Australian explorer and adventurer.

How strange it is to see a mate’s son performing such incredible feats of adventure.

I’ve known Martin and Jill Bull for some time, and never knew of their son’s incredible sense of adventure.

Martin Bull grew up in Chelsea and has his own Financial Adviser's practice in Mentone. His son Daniel attended St Bede’s College in Mentone and went on to Monash University where he completed a double degree in Business Accounting and Computer Science.

“Everything is ImpossiBull Until Someone Does It.”
– Daniel Bull

So how did he become such an adventurer? According to Daniel, he needed to pick a career that would support the lifestyle of an adventurer. Currently he works as an IT Consultant in Business Intelligence.

On 22 May 2008, after surviving a day in the Death Zone, Daniel Bull completed a successful unguided ascent of Mt Everest.

At the age of 23, he became one of the youngest Australians to climb Mt Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable".

He has since made numerous first ascents up unclimed peaks, and has tackled some of the most technically difficult mountains.

Among them, arguably the most dangerous climb in the world - the infamous North Face of the Eiger - a vertical mile of brittle rock and ice in the Swiss Alps, nicknamed 'Mordwand" in German, literally translated as 'murder wall'.

daniel bull arms up daniel bull jumping daniel bull mask

The Family

His father, Martin also supports him by following his movements with the GPS

 tracker and keeps him informed of weather forecasts. His mother, Jill, would rather chill out and not think about the adventure, until he arrives home safe and well.

Altitude Sickness

One of the many dangers faced in these types of adventures is a condition of altitude sickness. Daniel had a case of this on one of his easier climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro. He was overconfident about the climb, and wanted to climb in a small-time frame of one week. He started to show signs of altitude sickness when he lost his appetite, became nauseous and had headaches. The local guides informed him he didn’t look well, and suggested they return to base camp. After radioing his doctor at base camp, he got approval to proceed as long as he drank plenty of water. So, at 1:00 am, he started off for the summit, but the vomiting continued, and he spent very little time at the top before returning to base camp. As Daniel has learnt, every climber needs to watch for the likely symptoms of altitude sickness, understand their own body, and, when available, refer to medical advice, before making any decisions to keep climbing. In this way the risk associated with such dangerous activities will be reduced.

A World Record And An Australian First

Earlier this year, Daniel embarked on a journey to Antarctica to attempt back-to-back climbs of both the highest mountain & the highest volcano.

Successful in his bid, he has become the first Australian to ascend the highest volcano in Antarctica - Mt Sidley.

He has also become the first Australian to climb the highest mountain and the highest volcano on every continent (the 7 summits and the 7 volcanic summits).

And the youngest person on the planet to achieve the feat.

daniel bull posing on rock

The Record - 13 Summits

Mt. Elbrus (Europe) August 01, 2006

Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) August 30, 2007

Aconcagua (South America) February 23, 2008

Mt. Everest (Asia) May 22, 2008

Denali (North America) June 17, 2013

Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania) March 19, 2014

Pico De Orizaba (North America) May 06, 2016

Mt. Giluwe (Oceania) June 20, 2016

Damavand (Asia) October 04, 2016

Mt. Vinson (Antarctica) January 04, 2017

Mt. Sidley (Antarctica) January 14, 2017

Ojos Del Salado (South America) April 27, 2017

Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia) May 07, 2017

Daniel Bull is now available as a motivational speaker. Speaking with honesty and passion about motivation, goal setting, teamwork, success, failure, risk-taking, overcoming adversity, and achieving what we set out to achieve, no matter how steep the odds, Dan is available to speak to your organisation or school. Check Daniel’s availability at for keynote or motivational speaking at your next event.

Upcoming Adventures

"Highest altitude swim" world record. With a taste of world record success, Daniel is currently preparing for a "world record breaking" extreme swimming expedition. The objective is to achieve the highest swim on earth.

Your Adventure Starts Here....

Daniel designs unique once in a lifetime experiences, from winter ascents of Australia's highest mountains, to fully fledged expeditions around the globe. These adventures are tailored to the needs of the client including individuals and large corporate groups. The trips are seasonal and dependent on his availability.

If you are interested in joining an adventure without limits then check out his web site to discuss your own custom UnstoppaBull adventure.

Leading up to Christmas the Lions Club of Mordialloc-Mentone became aware of the needs of a family in Cheltenham. They have a son who was in need of a Special Walker, but this piece of equipment was to cost about $7,000.00, and after trying to obtain assistance for most of 2017, they had nearly given up hope of being able to obtain it.

The Lions Club of Mordialloc-Mentone approached the Australian Lions Foundation to see if they could obtain a $ for $ grant which was made available to them. They then approached other Lions Clubs in the area, which resulted in the Lions Clubs of Sandringham, Brighton, Moorabbin, Clarinda and Dingley Village all giving assistance, and hence, early in January members from some of these Clubs paid a visit to the family, and presented a cheque to enable the walker to be purchased.

In early December, a family in Mordialloc contacted the Lions Club of Mordialloc-Mentone, to see if the Club could assist them with the purchase of a Special Inflatable Bath Chair for their son. This chair, when inflated, sits at the top of a bath, and when deflated lowers the child into the bath. On inflation, it raises the child to top of bath. This removes the need for someone to lift the child in and out of the bath.

The Club is looking for new members to assist with running the Op Shop at 407 Main Street Mordialloc, and assisting with other projects. If you are interested please contact Lion Dennis Wattie on 0417 521490

Alison Pilcher

February 13, 2018

Artist and Teacheralison pilcher artist and work

Alison Pilcher trained in London, where she graduated with a Degree in Graphics and Design.

Later she went on to teach secondary school art.

She is married to a doctor who works at the ICU department of the Alfred Hospital and has three children aged 12, 17, and 19.

When the family first came to Melbourne they lived in Kensington, where Alison decided to take up creating mosaic pots. This led to creating mosaic pictures, one of which is shown to the right.

Many of Alison’s paintings sell on the Blue Thumb Art Gallery website

As an art teacher, Alison has taught many students. In one session she took a class to the bush in Tulip Street, Sandringham. That appears to have been a very talented class as demonstrated by the pictures shown below.

Alison also worked for “Carers in the Community” for five years. This group raised money for respite care. By teaching art and painting, many people had the opportunity to express their creativity. However, funding for this program was cut once the NDIS scheme started. Bayside City Council gave some support by providing a $3000 grant. Now the G3 Gallery has been created. Overall, the Carers in the Community group have helped stop isolation, helped to bond relationships and create new friendships, all of which are positive outcomes.

Alison’s art classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays between 9:30 am and 12 pm. The subject is called Contemporary Acrylic Painting, and caters for all levels from beginner to advanced. Bookings should be directed to Le Studio Art Space on 0425 721 203.


This was the last major battle of World War II, when the Germans rallied the troops for one final counter-attack using a pincer movement.

Today we need to use a pincer movement as most people are fighting "The Battle of" the Bulge. We take for granted that as we get old we put on weight, but we can fight this trend and reduce the number of Australians becoming obese. Our hospitals are exploding, with cases of heart attacks, knee and hip replacements and diabetes.

So, what can we do? The best change is not a diet but a lifestyle change. Here are some simple tips to make this happen:

  • walk more, drive lessbattle bulge happy couple
  • walk more, less TV
  • join a club, less TV
  • more water, less sugar
  • get a pet, they keep you on your toes
  • take up gardening, less TV
  • dance more, a good form of exercise
  • ride a bicycle, drive less

The fight continues by local residents, to stop the closure of the level crossing at Eel Race Road in Carrum, by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA). Local residents do not see this crossing as dangerous, and its closure will only add to congestion in the local area. The planned action by the LXRA appears to be the opposite to the reason the LXRA was set up i.e. the removal of the 50 most dangerous level crossings and the easing of road congestion. It looks like the Government is backing trains at the expense of car travellers.

pakenham cranbourne skyrailAt the site of one of first level crossings to be removed, Daniel Andrews said. “This is the best engineering outcome.” Many people are now questioning the approach of the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) in its Sky Rail design.

A recent report stated that drivers are only shaving a minute off their average commute times. This may be the result of these routes attracting more traffic, because level crossings are removed.

Local protest groups like LOTI (Lower Our Tracks Incorporated) on the Dandenong Line and NSRFL (No Sky Rail on Frankston Line), have always questioned the engineering rationale for elevated rail. Unfortunately, the Government has supplied no details about how they compared the different engineering solutions to arrive at the Sky Rail decision. If Sky Rail is the best engineering outcome, the Government should supply the details to other engineers to prove Victoria did get the best option. So far none of the details having been supplied, and simple engineering questions by protest groups’ engineers have gone unanswered.

A report by the Victorian Auditor General released in December 2017, found that the Level Crossing Removal Project was unlikely to represent value for money for the State. The report criticised the LXRA for its haste in delivering the program, and found that the rapid pace of the project had contributed to a failure to properly assess the merits of each grade separation. The Auditor General stated that the value of the project was compromised by the apparent political motivation for some crossing removals, at the expense of more dangerous or congested intersections. The Auditor General stopped short of calling it “Pork Barrelling”.

In the Government’s haste to complete the Sky Rail section of the Dandenong line, over 1000 trees have been destroyed, some over 100 years old. In early 2017 a motion to delay Sky Rail, raised by Hon David Davis MP Victorian Legislative Council, was not supported by the GREENS, and the motion was lost. Now to hear the Auditor General’s criticism of the pace of the project, one questions the wisdom of the Green’s decision not to support the motion.

Moonee Valley Council looks likely to challenge the LXRA regarding elevated rail in Buckley Street Essendon, after spending $50,000 on a previous report in 2014, which recommended a rail under road solution costing $186 million.

Maintenance and upkeep still seems to be an issue, with the Government handing over $10 million to Councils on the Dandenong Line. One former Mayor was quoted as saying, “these funds will not last long”, so who will foot the bill then? And who will pay for the graffiti removal?

LOTI challenged the Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s right to proceed with Sky Rail on the Dandenong line, without consulting the residents. Justice Timothy Ginnane ruled that the Minister was “not required by law to undertake any consultation”.

With the rapidly approaching State Election in November, the resolve of angry residents appears not to have changed, and sitting members in marginal seats who supported Sky Rail, will have some anxious moments before the election.

After receiving more than 300 objections to the planning application for the Bay Trail, five councillors have ignored the overwhelming community support behind "Do Not Narrow Beach Road". The five councillors voted in favour of the motion that will Narrow Beach Road.
They are Councillors:

  • West
  • Eden
  • Oxley
  • Staikos
  • Barth

Currently 5,000 people have signed the petition to stop any narrowing of Beach Road.

The Council is hiding behind bureaucracy and red tape, as road safety is not a trigger point to stop the application according Jonathan Guttmann, General Manager, and this position was endorsed by John Nevins CEO at the Council public meeting held on the 24th January. So green space is more important than road safety. What a ridiculous state of affairs.

Besides this, some Councillors are drawing at straws and giving misinformation, which includes: -


The community strongly supporting the application. In feedback given to Councillors by email, 297 were against the motion, while 4 were in favour, with some remaining neutral.


That cyclists support the motion. Cyclists support ‘One Metre Matters’ and strongly disagree with any narrowing of any major cycling road.


Narrowing roads in times of population growth makes them safer. Hardly something our forefathers would have endorsed in the planning of Melbourne, and is not backed up by any data to support this preposterous claim.

One wonders how genuine these Councillors are at supporting their own code of conduct that states: “Councillors need to be transparent, to act honestly and avoid statements that will or are likely to mislead or deceive and to apply principles of good governance to their actions and decisions.” Clearly, this has been overlooked in the discussion of this motion.

Despite Council passing the motion, the “Do No Not Narrow Beach Road” campaign will continue, so you can keep in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by visiting the Facebook page at donotnarrowbeachrd

If you see one of the five Councillors, tell them how disappointed in them you are. They need this feedback to understand just how unpopular narrowing Beach Road is.


February 13, 2018

Completing Kingston’s section of the Bay Trail is a project allocated with a budget of $3.2 million. When residents raise health and safety issues concerning the project, including serious injury, or even death, it needs to be taken out on the political arena, and given to the project manager to perform a risk analysis. If no project manager has been assigned, then it becomes the responsibility of the CEO to provide one.

Unfortunately, at the Council meeting held on 24 January, the CEO, John Nevins. backed the plan by the General Manager, Jonathan Guttmann, and in doing so, he is transferring the risk onto the RTA. Considering that a pedestrian has already been killed by a cyclist at a pedestrian crossing on Beach Road, one should surely consider Beach Road dangerous, and any major change to it should have some form of risk analysis undertaken.

When one considers that Frankston City Council followed the RTA’s guidelines with the development of the Frankston station, which resulted in buses smashing side mirrors off cars, makes RTA guidelines seem dubious at best. In Kingston’s case, the result will be more than smashed mirrors; the result will be serious injuries to people.

Risk assessment on this safety issue is not rocket science. The RTA should have statistics on road usage, and the Road Accident Commission will have statistics on the number of cyclists hospitalised. So, if there is a correlation between the two, narrowing the road should be out of the question.

It’s not the responsibility of the concerned residents to undertake this type of risk assessment, it is the responsibility of the Council.

Should serious injuries occur after project completion, the $3.2 million will have been wasted, and at such a high safety cost to the people who use Beach Road.

The residents’ local knowledge seems to have been overlooked. They have seen many accidents occur on Beach Road. To think of narrowing the road to save vegetation, without considering the risk and safety to people, defies logic, common sense and is unforgivable.

Let’s hope one of the responsible State Ministers intervenes in this project, and shows some proper leadership.

wafic daoud dimachki 1Born in Beirut, Lebanon 14th June 1951

Died in Melbourne, Australia 6th January 2018

One of Mordialloc’s nicest and most respected business owners, Will, passed away suddenly on Saturday, 6th January 2018. He owned the very successful Mordialloc Pizza Restaurant, and anyone that knew him, was always greeted by his beaming smile,when they walked into his shop.

Sometimes in life you are lucky to meet a person like Will. He was truthful, honest, wellrespected, and dedicated to his family and friends.

He supported a number of local clubs especially the Mordialloc Football Club. We miss you greatly.

Will, May God protect you until we meet again.

Rest in Peace

Phil Reid

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